Once On This Island (NYC)
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Once On This Island (NYC)

Once On This Island (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1370 Reviews)
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Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

About the Show

The joyous musical returns to Broadway with its story of a fearless young dreamer in post-storm Haiti. Winner of the 2018 Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical.

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Great storytelling, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy simple storytelling done with great charm and style in an immersive atmosphere. Starts slow but builds to a beautiful full ending.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional show. This happens all around you and draws you into the life on the island (without being obtrusive).

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if A show with very good singing, great staging and lighting.

Don't see it if If you do not like big staged musicals.

794 Reviews | 216 Followers
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a well-staged use of theatre space with a charming story and good singing that lets you escape for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you are bothered by musical tales that are not all based in reality.

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like Caribbean infused music, folklore inspired stories, amazing non-stop dancing, clever costumes, tremendous voices, sweet story

Don't see it if a festive musical set on a tropical island is not for you, don't like one act musicals, Caribbean music,loud singing, constant movement

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
Don't understand all the fuss - this is "disneyfied" musical, w high production values, simplistic message

See it if thoroughly entertaining: rousing Caribbean dancing & singing, inventive & charming beach set

Don't see it if predictable & simplistic fable showing prejudice upper class vs peasants; forgettable music, bland lyrics; not 4 adults seeking complex art

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if About young love, boy meet girl, girl goes crazy for boy and boy leave girl. The dancing and sing is excellent.

Don't see it if you hate musical and dancing. Read more

602 Reviews | 224 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You’d like a lighthearted, enchanting show with a big heart and a beautiful score sung by an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if You’re not really into family-friendly, tall-tale shows.

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
Enchanting, Cliched, Disappointing, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you like fairy tales or stories about star-crossed lovers. This show has lots of whimsy and does a great job of immersing the audience.

Don't see it if you’re looking for something original m and invests more time in story development. (This is clichéd and too short.) Read more

Critic Reviews (60)

The New York Times
December 3rd, 2017

"A ravishing revival...A pastiche Caribbean score whose words are restrained and delicately rhymed but whose music is relentlessly grabby and emotional...Arden has aced every theatrical trick he’s torn from the ancient handbook, freshening the show, and the tricks, in the process...The hallmark ingenuity, warmth, and intensity bordering on excess that characterize Arden’s style is recapitulated everywhere within the production, from the frankly stupendous singing to the electric choreography."
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Time Out New York
December 3rd, 2017

"After seeing the imaginative and dynamic 'Once on This Island,' you may feel that once is not enough...'Once on This Island' is patchy in parts. Its best-known songs bring down the house, but there are also languors. And the central story of female sacrifice and degradation is treated as more inspirational than it actually is. But it is hard to imagine a better account of the show than the one that Arden and his team have assembled. It sings, dances, and conjures up a storm."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 12th, 2017

“A vivid, celebratory revival...If only the story itself were a better one...While the score has some standout numbers, it feels largely generic...Arden’s production, though, is striking proof that a play, or a musical, can be more than the sum of its parts. Working with an inspired design team, an excellent choreographer (Camille A. Brown), and an all-around stellar cast, Arden has created a sparkling firework of a show that consistently transcends its own source material.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 3rd, 2017

"A joyful hymn to community and resilience...Together with his resourceful design team and cast of expressive, vocally gifted performers, Arden has approached the piece with the nurturing hand it requires—striking a balance between child-like story theater and folkloric ritual...Demonstrates an impressive leap in maturity and creative vision for Arden...While the early scenes flirt with a whimsical quality that might easily turn cloying, the dramatic integrity of the piece prevails."
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Entertainment Weekly
December 3rd, 2017

"The tale is as timely as ever...The four gods are all crowdpleasers with standout moments...But, while Salonga is undoubtedly the biggest Broadway draw of the bunch, her performance is overshadowed by Newell, whose energetic 'Mama Will Provide' is a highlight...Ti Moune’s sweetness and naiveté mixes with Kilgore’s killer pipes and dance moves for a dynamite performance filled with heart...Nothing feels rushed. It’s island time, after all, and it’s filled with joy."
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December 3rd, 2017

"An uplifting revival...The ungainly in-the-round stage of Broadway’s Circle in the Square is put to imaginative use...Ahrens and Flaherty, a well-matched team, produced more than twenty songs for this musical. Besides being perfectly lovely, they also advance the narrative in ways rarely seen...A sequence of dramatic songs – from 'Waiting for Life to Begin' through the heartbreaking 'Forever Yours' – take Ti Moune on the journey of love.
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The Wall Street Journal
December 7th, 2017

"This production is on first impression, immediately involving...If this is myth, it is weak stuff, its power and mystery insisted upon but not felt. If it means to offer a moral lesson, it is even weaker...Why then do we tell this story? Maybe because it makes us feel morally sensitive without the labor of being so...But Ti Moune is strong only because she doesn’t mind being a victim. Little about this love is admirable, and its self-sacrifice is unconvincing."
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December 3rd, 2017

"A smashing revival...Arden’s exuberant staging conjures a spell that is devastatingly timely yet affectingly timeless...Much of the show’s charm derives from its seamless interweaving of narrative, song, and dance...A confident, swinging cast is blessed with showcase numbers...Kilgore, like this revival itself, is no imitation but a triumph in her own right, striking exactly the right balance between innocence and spirituality, youth and experience. She’s just wonderful."
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